On April 10, the Oregon Senate failed to pass Senate Bill 218, and instead referred it to the Rules Committee. As proposed, the bill would amend current law and delegate rulemaking authority to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). If the bill passes as written, the OLCC would obtain the authority to refuse to issue

In our March 15 post, we discussed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 (H.R. 1595), which would, among other things,  limit federal banking regulators from taking action against banks providing services to cannabis businesses operating legally under state or tribal law. On March 28, the bill passed the House Financial

Today, the Washington Hemp Law passed out of the Executive Committee on Commerce and Gaming with an industry-supported amendment regarding legal human consumption of hemp and hemp-derived products such as CBD. The amended language of the bill represents a significant step forward for the State of Washington in the emerging hemp industry.

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Carriers have long relied on the ability to cross state lines without concern that state laws may impede or end their journey. The Supreme Court’s Dormant Commerce Clause jurisprudence (including the landmark trucking case Bibb v. Navajo Freight Lines, Inc., 359 U.S. 520 (1959)), in combination with the preemptive effect of federal statutes and

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill signaled a bright future for the U.S. hemp industry, authorizing individual states and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to formulate regulatory plans permitting commercial hemp production. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, recently testified that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) is working to finalize regulations in time for

On March 7, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced into the 116th Congress H.R. 1595, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019. The Act will, in spite of the federal Controlled Substances Act’s scheduling of marijuana, prohibit the federal banking regulators from taking actions against banks that are providing services to cannabis

As any farmer knows, planting season waits for no one. Washington state lawmakers are showing they understand this as well.

While other states have moved more aggressively to encourage commercial hemp, Washington’s total hemp crop in 2018 was less than 150 acres, all grown by the Confederated Colville tribes northwest of Spokane. Lawmakers in Olympia

While the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regulatory oversight, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to oversee foods, drugs or cosmetics that contain hemp or hemp products, the most popular of which is currently CBD. Meanwhile, states, farmers and other interested parties are clamoring for guidance on hemp commercialization,